I was 7 years old. Family just came back from Australia after about 2 years there. It was my first day at my new school then. The teacher was notified by my parents that I can’t speak any bahasa then. So when introducing me in front of the class, the teacher asked me something. But I just stood in silence.
She repeated the question.
Again, total silence. The whole class laughed at me. I felt embarrassed. It was my first experience feeling publicly embarrassed.
After a few months at school, I was able to speak Malay, had some new friends and I remembered one of them asked me why I didn’t said anything on my first day. I asked him what did the teacher actually asked me? Then he said she asked my name. I felt a rush to my face. Finally understood why they were laughing at me.
But I swear at that time I couldn’t understand a word she was saying!